Library of Congress – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Exemptions To Permit Circumvention of Access Controls on Copyrighted Works
Document Number: 2020-22893
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-15
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The United States Copyright Office is conducting the eighth triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (``DMCA''), concerning possible temporary exemptions to the DMCA's prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. In this proceeding, the Copyright Office is considering petitions for the renewal of exemptions that were granted during the seventh triennial rulemaking along with petitions for new exemptions to engage in activities not currently permitted by existing exemptions. On June 22, 2020, the Office published a notification of inquiry requesting petitions to renew existing exemptions and comments in response to those petitions, as well as petitions for new exemptions. Having carefully considered the comments received in response to that notification, in this notice of proposed rulemaking (``NPRM''), the Office announces its intention to recommend each of the existing exemptions for readoption. This NPRM also initiates three rounds of public comment on the newly-proposed exemptions. Interested parties are invited to make full legal and evidentiary submissions in support of or in opposition to the proposed exemptions, in accordance with the requirements set forth below.
Sovereign Immunity Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2020-21566
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of reply comments and empirical research studies in response to the June 3 and June 24, 2020, notices regarding its state sovereign immunity policy study.
Reporting and Distribution of Royalties to Copyright Owners by the Mechanical Licensing Collective
Document Number: 2020-20079
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-09-17
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing an interim rule regarding the obligations of the mechanical licensing collective to report and distribute royalties paid by digital music providers under the blanket license to musical work copyright owners under title I of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. After soliciting public comments through a notice of proposed rulemaking, the Office is now issuing regulations establishing the timing, form, and delivery of statements accompanying royalty distributions to musical work copyright owners. These regulations concern only royalty statements and distributions regarding matched uses of musical works embodied in sound recordings and do not address issues related to the distribution of unclaimed, accrued royalties.
The Public Musical Works Database and Transparency of the Mechanical Licensing Collective
Document Number: 2020-20078
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-09-17
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the Musical Works Modernization Act, title I of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. Title I establishes a blanket compulsory license, which digital music providers may obtain to make and deliver digital phonorecords of musical works. The law establishes a new blanket license to become available on the January 1, 2021 license availability date that will be administered by a mechanical licensing collective, which will make available a public musical works database as part of its statutory duties. Having solicited public comments through previous notifications of inquiry, through this notice the Office is proposing regulations concerning the new blanket licensing regime, including prescribing categories of information to be included in the public musical works database, as well as rules related to the usability, interoperability, and usage restrictions of the database. The Office is also proposing regulations in connection with its general regulatory authority related to ensuring appropriate transparency of the mechanical licensing collective itself.
Music Modernization Act Notices of License, Notices of Nonblanket Activity, Data Collection and Delivery Efforts, and Reports of Usage and Payment
Document Number: 2020-20077
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-09-17
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing an interim rule regarding information to be provided by digital music providers pursuant to the new compulsory blanket license to make and deliver digital phonorecords of musical works established by title I of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. The law establishes a new blanket license, to be administered by a mechanical licensing collective, and to become available on the January 1, 2021 license availability date. Having solicited multiple rounds of public comments through a notification of inquiry and notice of proposed rulemaking, the Office is adopting interim regulations concerning notices of license, data collection and delivery efforts, and reports of usage and payment by digital music providers. The Office is also adopting interim regulations concerning notices of nonblanket activity and reports of usage by significant nonblanket licensees and data collection efforts by musical work copyright owners.
Amendments Regarding International Service
Document Number: 2020-16270
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-07-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Library of Congress is adopting amendments to allow for international service for loans of library materials for blind and other print disabled persons, as authorized by Title XIV of the Library of Congress Technical Corrections Act of 2019.
Music Modernization Act Transition Period Transfer and Reporting of Royalties to the Mechanical Licensing Collective
Document Number: 2020-15591
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-07-17
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding digital music providers' obligations to transfer and report accrued royalties for unmatched musical works (or shares) to the mechanical licensing collective for purposes of being eligible for the limitation on liability for prior unlicensed uses under title I of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. Having solicited public comments through multiple prior notices, the Office is now proposing an update to regulations concerning the transfer and reporting of such royalties, namely the content, format, and delivery of cumulative statements of account to be submitted by digital music providers to the mechanical licensing collective at the conclusion of the statutory transition period.
Modernizing Recordation of Notices of Termination
Document Number: 2020-14208
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-30
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its June 3, 2020, notice of proposed rulemaking and notification of inquiry regarding recordation of notices of termination.
Mandatory Deposit of Electronic-Only Books
Document Number: 2020-12969
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-29
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is issuing a revised proposed rule to make electronic-only books published in the United States subject to the Copyright Act's mandatory deposit provisions if they are affirmatively demanded by the Office. In response to comments received in response to the Office's April 16, 2018 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the revised proposed rule makes additional clarifying edits to the definition of an ``electronic-only book'' and adjusts the requirements related to employment of technological protection measures. This document also updates the public on developments subsequently announced by the Library of Congress related to certain questions raised in public comments with respect to its digital collection strategy and information technology security matters.
Sovereign Immunity Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2020-13725
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-24
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its June 3, 2020, notice of inquiry regarding its state sovereign immunity policy study. In addition, the Office is providing for a second round of written comments.
Procedural Regulations of the Copyright Royalty Board Requiring Electronic Filing of Claims
Document Number: 2020-13554
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-24
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) adopt amendments to regulations governing the filing of claims to royalty fees collected under compulsory license to require that all claims be filed electronically through the Copyright Royalty Board's (CRB) electronic filing system (eCRB).
Exemptions to Permit Circumvention of Access Controls on Copyrighted Works
Document Number: 2020-12911
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is initiating the eighth triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (``DMCA''), to consider possible temporary exemptions to the DMCA's prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. In this proceeding, the Copyright Office is again providing a streamlined procedure for the renewal of exemptions that were granted during the seventh triennial rulemaking. If renewed, those current exemptions would remain in force for an additional three-year period (October 2021-October 2024). Members of the public seeking the renewal of current exemptions should submit petitions as described below; parties opposing such renewal will then have the opportunity to file comments in response. The Office is also accepting petitions for new exemptions to engage in activities not currently permitted by existing exemptions, which may include proposals that expand upon a current exemption. Those petitions, and any renewal petitions that are meaningfully opposed, will be considered pursuant to a more comprehensive rulemaking process similar to that of the seventh rulemaking, including three rounds of written comment, followed by public hearings, which may be conducted virtually.
Group Registration of Short Online Literary Works
Document Number: 2020-12041
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is amending its regulations to establish a new group registration option for short online literary works. This final rule largely adopts the eligibility requirements set forth in the Office's December 2018 notice of proposed rulemaking, with certain updates. To qualify for this option, each work must contain at least 50 but no more than 17,500 words. The works must be created by the same individual, or jointly by the same individuals, and each creator must be named as the copyright claimant or claimants for each work. The works must all be published online within a three-calendar- month period. If these requirements have been met, the applicant may submit up to 50 works with one application and one filing fee. The applicant must complete an online application designated for a group of ``Short Online Literary Works'' and upload a .ZIP file containing a separate digital file for each work. The Office will examine each work to determine if it contains a sufficient amount of creative authorship, and if the Office registers the claim, the registration will cover each work as a separate work of authorship.
Adjustment of Cable Statutory License Royalty Rates
Document Number: 2020-12096
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-04
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) announce the commencement of a proceeding to adjust the rates for the cable statutory license described in section 111 of the Copyright Act. The Judges also announce the date by which a party who wishes to participate in the proceeding must file its Petition to Participate and pay the $150 filing fee.
Modernizing Recordation of Notices of Termination
Document Number: 2020-12038
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-03
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The United States Copyright Office is proposing to amend certain regulations governing the recordation of notices of termination. Along with a parallel rulemaking focused on modernizing document recordation in conjunction with development of the Office's online recordation system, the proposed amendments are intended to improve efficiency in the processing of such notices and to provide additional guidance to the public in this area. In addition, the Office is providing notice of changes to its examination practices for certain notices of termination that pertain to multiple grants, and soliciting public comment on two additional subjects of inquiry relating to notices of termination.
Sovereign Immunity Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2020-12019
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-03
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office is initiating a study to evaluate the degree to which copyright owners are experiencing infringement by state entities without adequate remedies under state law, as well as the extent to which such infringements appear to be based on intentional or reckless conduct. The Office seeks public input on this topic to assist it in preparing a report to Congress.
Unclaimed Royalties Study: Notice of Inquiry
Document Number: 2020-11893
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-02
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a study as directed by the Music Modernization Act to evaluate best practices that the newly-established mechanical licensing collective (``MLC'') may implement to: Identify and locate musical work copyright owners and unclaimed accrued royalties held by the collective; encourage musical work copyright owners to claim their royalties; and reduce the incidence of unclaimed royalties. The MLC is expected to carefully consider, and give substantial weight to, the Office's recommendations when establishing procedures for the identification and location of musical work copyright owners and the distribution of unclaimed royalties. The Office is soliciting input from music industry participants and other interested members of the public on these issues to aid its study.
Regulation Concerning Proxy Distributions for Unmatched Royalties Deposited During 2010-2018
Document Number: 2020-11131
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-29
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are proposing to amend their regulations concerning proxy distributions for unmatched royalties deposited pursuant to statutory license for the period 2010 through 2018.
Group Registration of Newsletters
Document Number: 2020-09490
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office is amending its regulation governing the group registration option for newsletter issues. The final rule eliminates the requirement that newsletters must be published at least two days each week to qualify for a group registration. In addition, the final rule updates the address where complimentary subscriptions should be sent for purposes of satisfying the mandatory deposit requirement for newsletters and other serials.
Distribution of 2018 Cable Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2020-10609
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-18
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on a motion of Allocation Phase claimants for partial distribution of 2018 cable royalty funds.
Distribution of 2018 Satellite Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2020-10608
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-18
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on a motion of Allocation Phase claimants for partial distribution of 2018 satellite royalty funds.
Secure Tests
Document Number: 2020-09916
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-08
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing an interim rule amending its regulations governing the registration of copyright claims in secure tests in order to address a disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office has become aware that certain examinations that normally would qualify for registration as secure tests may be ineligible for this option because they currently are being administered remotely rather than at specified testing centers. The interim rule allows otherwise-eligible tests that are administered online during the national emergency to qualify as secure tests, provided the test administrator employs sufficient security measures. In addition, the Office is requesting public comment on the technological requirements needed for examination of secure test claims via secure teleconference. Finally, the Office is announcing its intention to issue guidelines according to which parties may request ex parte meetings with the Office in this proceeding.
Procedural Regulations of the Copyright Royalty Board Requiring Electronic Filing of Claims
Document Number: 2020-08926
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-06
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges propose to amend regulations governing the filing of claims to royalty fees collected under compulsory license to require that all claims be filed electronically through the Copyright Royalty Board's (CRB) electronic filing system (eCRB). The Judges solicit comments on the proposed rule.
Music Modernization Act Notices of License, Notices of Nonblanket Activity, Data Collection and Delivery Efforts, and Reports of Usage and Payment
Document Number: 2020-08379
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding information to be provided by digital music providers pursuant to the new compulsory blanket license to make and deliver digital phonorecords of musical works established by title I of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. The law establishes a new blanket license, to be administered by a mechanical licensing collective, and to become available on January 1, 2021. Having solicited public comments through a previous notification of inquiry, through this notice, the Office is proposing regulations concerning notices of license, data collection and delivery efforts, and reports of usage and payment by digital music providers. The Office is also proposing regulations concerning notices of nonblanket activity and reports of usage by significant nonblanket licensees, as well as language addressing data collection efforts by musical work copyright owners.
Transparency of the Mechanical Licensing Collective and Its Database of Musical Works Information
Document Number: 2020-08376
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notification of inquiry regarding the Musical Works Modernization Act, title I of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. Title I establishes a blanket compulsory license, which digital music providers may obtain to make and deliver digital phonorecords of musical works. By statute, the blanket license, which will be administered by a mechanical licensing collective, will become available on January 1, 2021. The MMA specifically directs the Copyright Office to adopt a number of regulations to govern the new blanket licensing regime, including prescribing categories of information to be included in the mechanical licensing collective's musical works database, as well as rules related to the usability, interoperability, and usage restrictions of the database. Congress has indicated that the Office should exercise its general regulatory authority to, among other things, help ensure that the collective's policies and practices are transparent and accountable. The Office seeks public comment regarding the subjects of inquiry discussed in this notification, namely, issues related to ensuring appropriate transparency of the mechanical licensing collective itself, as well as the contents of the collective's public musical work database, database access, and database use. This notification is being published concurrently with a related notice of proposed rulemaking related to confidentiality considerations with respect to the operation and records of the collective.
Reporting and Distribution of Royalties to Copyright Owners by the Mechanical Licensing Collective
Document Number: 2020-08375
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the obligations of the mechanical licensing collective to report and distribute royalties paid by digital music providers under the blanket license to musical work copyright owners under title I of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. After soliciting public comments through a notification of inquiry, the Office is now proposing regulations establishing the timing, form, delivery, and certification of statements accompanying royalty distributions to musical work copyright owners. The Office solicits additional public comments on the proposed rule. This notice concerns only royalty statements and distributions regarding matched uses of musical works embodied in sound recordings and does not address issues related to the distribution of unclaimed, accrued royalties.
Treatment of Confidential Information by the Mechanical Licensing Collective and Digital Licensee Coordinator
Document Number: 2020-08374
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the protection of confidential information by the mechanical licensing collective and digital licensee coordinator under title I of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. After soliciting public comments through a notification of inquiry, the Office is now proposing regulations identifying appropriate procedures to ensure that confidential, private, proprietary, or privileged information contained in the records of the mechanical licensing collective and digital licensee coordinator is not improperly disclosed or used. The Office solicits additional public comments on the proposed rule, including regarding the use of confidentiality designations and nondisclosure agreements.
Online Publication; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2020-06979
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-09
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written reply comments in response to its December 4, 2019 notification of inquiry regarding online publication.
Technical Amendments Regarding Electronic Submissions to the Copyright Office
Document Number: 2020-07353
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-04-08
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office is adopting technical amendments to allow electronic submission of materials in connection with certain Office services, and to allow the Office to respond to submitters electronically. These amendments are intended to facilitate the public's ability to access Office services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Registration Modernization
Document Number: 2020-05696
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-03-20
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written comments in response to its March 3, 2020, statement of policy and notification of inquiry regarding registration modernization.
Distribution of Digital Audio Recording Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2020-05686
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-19
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce their final determination of the distribution of the digital audio recording technology (DART) royalty fees in the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Sound Recordings Funds.
Determination of Rates and Terms for Digital Performance of Sound Recordings and Making of Ephemeral Copies To Facilitate Those Performances (Web V)
Document Number: 2020-03304
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-03-04
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges publish a final rule governing the rates and terms for the digital performance of sound recordings by noncommercial educational webcasters and for the making of ephemeral recordings necessary for the facilitation of such transmissions for the period commencing January 1, 2021, and ending on December 31, 2025.
Registration Modernization
Document Number: 2020-04435
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-03-03
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
In conjunction with the development of new technological infrastructure for the copyright registration system, on October 17, 2018, the U.S. Copyright Office solicited public input regarding potential regulatory and practice updates to improve the system's efficiency for both users and the Office. The Office sought and received public comment on three main areas of proposed reform: The administration and substance of the application for registration, the utility of the public record, and the deposit requirements for registration. After reviewing the comments, the Office is announcing intended practice updates, to be adopted in conjunction with the deployment of the new technological system that the Library of Congress is building for the Office. The Office also seeks further comment on two proposals to permit post-registration edits to rights and permissions information, and to permit voluntary submission of additional deposit information to be included in the public record.
Public Input Regarding the Next Register of Copyrights
Document Number: 2020-04247
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-03
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Library of Congress seeks public input on the expertise needed by the next Register of Copyrights and the top three priorities for the next Register. Public input will inform the Library's understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are most important in the selection of the next Register.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2020-04102
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-28
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of a notice from SoundExchange of SoundExchange's intent to audit the various services, including Commercial Webcaster services, Preexisting Subscription Service(s), New Subscription Service(s), and Business Establishment Service, of Mood Media Corporation and its affiliates for 2017, 2018, and 2019 pursuant to four statutory licenses.
Determination of Royalty Rates and Terms for Ephemeral Recording and Digital Performance of Sound Recordings (Web V)
Document Number: 2020-03305
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-28
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges publish a final rule governing the rates and terms for the digital performances of sound recordings by certain public radio stations and for the making of ephemeral recordings necessary to facilitate those transmissions for the period commencing January 1, 2021, and ending on December 31, 2025.
DMCA Designated Agent Post Office Box Waiver Request Process
Document Number: 2020-03260
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-27
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
This final rule makes non-substantive technical amendments to the U.S. Copyright Office's regulations governing the submission of designated agent and service provider information to the Office pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (``DMCA'').
Email Rule for Statutory Litigation Notices
Document Number: 2020-02374
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a final rule amending its procedures for submitting notices to the Office pursuant to sections 411 and 508 of the Copyright Act. Previously, these notices were submitted by mail to two different addresses, which risked delays and caused unnecessary burdens for both submitters and the Office. The new rule will alleviate these issues by requiring these notices to be submitted by email.
Group Registration of Newsletters
Document Number: 2020-03376
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-02-24
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulation governing the group registration option for newsletter issues. The proposed rule eliminates the requirement that newsletters must be published at least two days each week to qualify for a group registration. This will let a broader range of newsletter publishers register a month of issues, without imposing an administrative burden on the Office. In addition, the proposed rule updates the address where complimentary subscriptions should be sent for purposes of satisfying the mandatory deposit requirement for newsletters and other serials.
Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings and Ephemeral Recordings
Document Number: 2020-02134
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-20
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges publish a final rule governing the rates and terms for the digital performances of sound recordings by new subscription services and for the making of ephemeral recordings necessary to facilitate those transmissions for the period commencing January 1, 2021, and ending on December 31, 2025.
Copyright Office Fees
Document Number: 2020-03268
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-19
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is publishing a final rule establishing adjusted fees for its services. The adjusted fees will recover a significant portion of the costs to the Office of registering copyright claims and provide greater cost recovery for certain other services provided by the Office. The new fee schedule reflects some increased and decreased fees, as well as some fees that the Office determined did not require adjustment. For example, under the new fee structure, the online Standard Application registration fee will increase from $55 to $65; the fee to register a group of published or unpublished photographs, however, will remain at $55. In addition to fees for registration and recordation, this final rule establishes adjusted fees for special services and Licensing Division services.
Notice of Inquiry Regarding Categorization of Claims for Cable or Satellite Royalty Funds and Treatment of Ineligible Claims; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2020-02071
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-02-04
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges published a document in the Federal Register of January 29, 2020, concerning extension of a comment period for comments regarding categorization of claims for cable or satellite royalty funds and treatment of royalties associated with invalid claims. The document contained an incorrect date in the summary.
Notice of Inquiry Regarding Categorization of Claims for Cable or Satellite Royalty Funds and Treatment of Ineligible Claims; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2020-01544
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-29
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges extend the comment period regarding the notice of inquiry regarding categorization of claims for cable or satellite royalty funds and treatment of royalties associated with invalid claims from January 29, 2020, to March 15, 2020.
Modernizing Copyright Recordation
Document Number: 2020-01091
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-23
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is issuing a supplemental interim rule amending its regulations governing recordation of transfers of copyright ownership, notices of termination, and other documents pertaining to a copyright. This rule supplements the Office's current interim recordation regulations in anticipation of the Office's forthcoming pilot program through which participating remitters will be able to record certain types of documents electronically online. The supplemental interim rule and pilot program are the next step in the recordation modernization process, which will lead to a full public release of the Office's electronic recordation system in the future.
Notice of Intent to Audit
Document Number: 2020-00857
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-21
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of a notice of intent to audit the 2016, 2017, and 2018 statements of account submitted by licensee Slacker, Inc. concerning the royalty payments it made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2020-00856
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-21
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of a notice of intent to audit the 2016, 2017, and 2018 statements of account submitted by licensee Deseret Management Corporation, Inc. concerning the royalty payments it made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2020-00854
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-21
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of a notice of intent to audit the 2016, 2017, and 2018 statements of account submitted by the Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. concerning the royalty payments it made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Online Publication
Document Number: 2020-00653
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-21
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of written reply comments in response to its December 4, 2019 notification of inquiry regarding online publication.
Determination and Allocation of Initial Administrative Assessment To Fund Mechanical Licensing Collective (Initial AA)
Document Number: 2019-28233
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-08
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges publish final regulations that set the amount and allocation of the Initial Administrative Assessment to fund the Mechanical Licensing Collective.
Notice of Inquiry Regarding Categorization of Claims for Cable or Satellite Royalty Funds and Treatment of Ineligible Claims
Document Number: 2019-27970
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-30
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) publish a notice of inquiry regarding categorization of claims for cable or satellite royalty funds and treatment of royalties associated with invalid claims.